Are Leeds' hopes over as Kasimpasa reportedly change Mbaye Diagne demands?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have been tipped to bring the prolific Super Lig striker Diagne to the Championship for a number of months.

Diagne Mbaye of Kasimpasa celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig week 14 football match between Fenerbahce and Kasimpasa at Ulker Stadium on December 03, 2018 in...

Any hopes Leeds United might have had of bringing Mbaye Diagne to Elland Road in 2019 have taken a major hit.

Leeds were understood to be in talks with the Kasimpasa striker over the summer and, according to Turkish Football, the Whites have continued to scout him in recent months.

While Marcelo Bielsa has played down suggestions of a busy January in West Yorkshire, Diagne looks likely to leave Kasimpasa either then or next summer with England his preferred destination, as reported by Sporx.

 

But it seems that Diagne’s outstanding goal-scoring form in Turkey has increased his price-tag to the extent that he is now out of Leeds’ reach.

The powerhouse centre-forward has scored 16 goals in just 15 games in all competitions this season. In fact, since moving to Kasimpasa in January after a spell in China, Diagne has netted 28 times in 32 matches.

Mbaye Diagne of Kasimpasa AS scores during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig match between Kasimpasa AS and Antalyaspor AS at the Recep Tayyip Erdoganstadion on March 16, 2018 in Istanbul,...

According to Cumhuriyet, the Super Lig side will now demand up to £18 million for their star man, determined as they are to earn top dollar should they cash in.

This would make Diagne the joint most expensive player in Leeds’ history, level with Rio Ferdinand. Or, more likely, it kills any chance of a move to Elland Road.

Diagne Mbaye celebrates a goal by wearing a mask during the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Kasimpasa and Evkur Yeni Malatyaspor at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey...

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